Jeff Wall is the Bigdumbhick. He is a solo acoustic musician, performing mostly original music. At 6’7” and somewhere around 340lb, the “Big” part is easy to understand. The “Dumb” part is easy too. He just looks dumb. Big and dumb, like Lennie Small with a guitar in his hands… but he knows who Lennie Small is and you’re probably going to have to look it up (John Steinbeck “Of Mice and Men”), so maybe he’s not as dumb as he looks.
As for the "Hick" part. He's originally from Middle Tennessee. He left at age 18 and spent the next 20 years in the US Navy, where he specialized in sitting on his ass, smoking cigarettes, and occasionally getting to blow stuff up. He's lived all over the country, he's traveled the world, and has met, broken bread with, and played music with people from just about every possible compass point of the political, religious, and social spectrum. He’s done a lot of reading and he's asked a lot of dumbass questions, and as a result, he is not really as “Hick” as he’d like you to think that he is.
In his mid-50s, after having played Bluegrass and Honky-Tonk covers for decades, he took a good, hard look at the current state of the music industry and decided that this would be an optimum time for him to embark upon a career as a Singer-Songwriter... because everyone knows the world is just sitting on the edge of its seat, money in hand, desperately waiting to hear the cynical meanderings of yet another old, fat, hairy, depressed white guy, who can’t get laid any more.
Ok, maybe the “Dumb” part is true.
He’s turned out to be quite a gifted songwriter. His songs have a groove. He has a generally twisted, humorous outlook on life that often comes out in his music, but he has a dark and unsettling side too. One minute he will have you laughing your ass off, with tears rolling down your face, and then suddenly he will turn around and kick you right in the feels.
He sings of the types of things people of his age group can relate to, such the “Erectile Dysfunction Blues”, or a declining interest in sex “Battery Operated Boyfriend”, and the struggles of a long term relationships "Hurry Up and Die”. He also sings of much darker things such as Depression and Mental Illness – "Drinking Whiskey”, Addiction - “One is Too Many”, as well as Lonliness and Suicide “Out Here on the Ledge”. He proclaims himself to be a “Semi-Atheistic, Snake-Handling, Pentecostal Buddhist” who writes profane Gospel songs, but those Gospel songs, such as “Love Everybody and Don’t Be a Dick”, are more in line with the actual teachings of the Christ than most of the preachers you hear yelling at you on the television.
He’s funny, He’s also honest and raw. What you see is what you get. There's no pretense, no posturing, no bullshit. Well, maybe a little bullshit, but he’s real; Real big, real loud, and real different. He is what he is and he ain’t ashamed of it. He’s a powerful performer and is well worth checking out if he should show up in your area.
You can listen to his music FOR FREE at his website – http://www.bigdumbhick.com . His music is also available through Amazon, Apple, Spotify and all of the usual streaming/download sites.